Known as the Gateway to Kumaon, Haldwani in Uttarakhand is known for its scenic views and pleasant climate. Haldwani stands for the forests of Haldu trees as the region once had an abundance of Haldu trees (also known as Kadamb). Located in Nainital district, the town is surrounded by dense forests and the Gaula River. It has rich culture and history which attracts ecologists and historians.
The Haidakhan Ashram, about 35 km east of Haldwani is a popular pilgrimage site. Strategically located between the hilly terrain of the Kumaon regions and the Indo-Gangetic plain, the town has served as a trading post. It is one of the largest food and vegetable production centers in north India.
It is said that thus town was gifted to a local ruler, Gyan Chand in the 14th century as a grant from the Sultan. However, the Mughals were unsuccessful in regaining control of the region due to the rugged terrain.
Haldwani is ideal for trekking and hiking and its trails offer amazing views of the valley as well as the Himalayas making it a photographers’ paradise.
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN HALDWANI
Haldwani boasts of a wide-range of accommodations. Most of the luxury hotels are situated on Kaladhungi Road while the budget accommodations are available around the railway station and on Rampur Road. Main Market Road is where most of the mid-range accommodation options are located.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN HALDWANI
There are many good places to eat in Haldwani that serve delectable North Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines. The best restaurants are on Kaladhungi Road and Stadium Road. Bal mithai, dubhke and churkani are some local dishes you must try and don’t miss the stalls that sell momos.
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